LISTEN TO OSHO SPEAK ON THIS MEDITATION
EYEBALLS AS A FEATHER, LIGHTNESS BETWEEN THEM OPENS INTO HEART AND
THERE PERMEATES THE COSMOS
entering the technique, some introductory remarks about it. First,
something has to be understood about the eye, because the whole technique
depends on it.
The first thing: whatsoever you are, whatsoever you appear from without,
is false, but you cannot deceive your eyes. You cannot create false
eyes. You can create a false face; you cannot falsify your eyes. That
is impossible -- unless you become a perfect master like a Gurdjieff.
Unless you become a perfect master of all your energies, you cannot
falsify your eyes. No ordinary human being can do that. You cannot
falsify your eyes.
That's why if someone looks in your eyes, stares in your eyes, you
feel offended, because he is trying to find the real thing. And at
that point you cannot do anything -- your eyes will reveal the true
self. So it is not good manners to stare in anybody's eyes. Even while
talking you go on avoiding the eyes. Unless you are in love with someone,
unless someone is ready to be true with you, you cannot stare. There
is a limit.
Psychologists have observed that thirty seconds is the limit. With
a stranger you can stare for thirty seconds, not more. If you stare
more, you have started being aggressive, and the other will immediately
start to feel uneasy. You can stare from a far-away point, because
then no one is aware. If you are a hundred feet away I can go on staring
at you, but if you are just two feet away it becomes impossible.
In a crowded train, or in a crowded elevator, sitting or standing
just close together, you never look at each other's eyes. You can
touch the body -- that is not so offensive -- but you never look into
each other's eyes because that will be too much, too near, and you
will penetrate the real man. The first thing to remember: eyes have
no personality. They are pure nature. They have no personality.
The second thing to remember: you move into the world almost only
through the eyes; they say eighty percent. Those who have been working
with eyes, the psychologists, they say that eighty percent of contact
with the world is through the eyes. Eighty percent of your life moves
out through the eyes.
That's why whenever you see a blind man, you feel pity. You never
feel so much pity and sympathy when you see a deaf man, but when you
see a blind man, suddenly you feel sympathy and compassion. Why? --
because he is eighty percent non-alive. A deaf man is not so non-alive.
Even if your feet are cut and your hands are cut, you will not be
so unalive, but a blind man is eighty percent closed; he lives only
Through your eyes eighty percent of your energy moves out. You are
moving into the world through the eyes. So when you get tired, the
first thing is the eyes. Later on, other parts of the body will be
affected; the eyes will be the first to be drained of energy. If you
can refresh your eyes, you can refresh your whole body, because they
are eighty percent of your energy. If you can revitalize your eyes,
you have revitalized yourself.
In a natural surrounding you never feel as tired as you feel in an
unnatural city, because in a natural surrounding your eyes are continuously
fed. The greenery, the fresh atmosphere -- everything relaxes your
eyes and feeds them. In a modern city everything exploits your eyes
and nothing feeds them. So move to a remote village, or to a hilltop
where nothing artificial is in the milieu, where everything is natural,
and you will see a different type of eyes. The twinkling, the quality,
will be different -- fresh, animal-like, penetrating, alive, dancing.
In a modern city, eyes are dead; just living on the minimum. They
don't know what festivity is. They don't know what freshness is. The
eyes are unaware of any life flowing through them; they are just being
exploited. Eighty percent of your energy moves from your eyes, so
you have to be perfectly aware, and you have to learn an art about
this movement, this energy, and the possibility of the eyes.
In India we have been calling blind men PRAJNA-CHAKSHU -- wisdom-eye
-- for a particular reason, because every misfortune can be transformed
into a great opportunity. Eighty percent of the energy moves through
the eyes, and when a person is blind, he is eighty percent not alive;
with the world eighty percent of his contact is lost.
He is very poor as far as the world without is concerned, but if he
can use this opportunity -- this opportunity of being blind -- then
he can use this eighty percent of his energy for his inner world;
this eighty percent that you cannot use ordinarily unless you know
the art. So eighty percent of his energy is with him, it is a reservoir,
and the energy that normally moves out can move within. If he knows
how to allow it to move within, he will become a wisdom-eye.
A blind man is not a PRAJNA-CHAKSHU, a wisdom-eye, just by being blind,
but he can be. He doesn't have ordinary eyes, but he can get the eyes
of wisdom. The possibility is there. We named him PRAJNA-CHAKSHU just
to make him aware that he should not be sorry that he doesn't have
eyes. He can create an inner eye, and eighty percent of energy is
with him which is not with those who have eyes. He can move it. He
can use it.
Even if the blind man is not aware, he becomes more silent than you
are. He becomes more relaxed. Look at a blind man. He is more silent.
His face is more relaxed. He seems to be at ease with himself; no
discontent. This will not be the case with a deaf man. He will be
more restless than you, and he will become cunning. But a blind man
is never cunning, never restless, never calculative; basically trusting,
in a deep faith with existence.
Why does this happen? -- because the eighty percent of energy, even
if he doesn't know anything about it, is moving within. It becomes
a constant fall, just like a waterfall. Even unaware, it goes on falling
on his heart. The same energy that moves out, goes on falling on his
heart -- that changes the quality of his being. In ancient India the
blind man was very much respected -- very much respected. In deep
respect we called him PRAJNA-CHAKSHU, wisdom-eye.
The same you can do with your eyes, and this technique is for that:
to help your energy which moves out to fall back upon yourself, upon
your own heart center. If it falls on the heart, you become as light
as possible. You feel as if the whole body has become a feather; as
if gravitation has absolutely no effect on it. And immediately you
are connected with the deepest source of your being, which revitalizes
For tantra, deep sleep revitalizes you not because of sleep, but just
because the energy which was moving out, moves in. If you know the
secret, then what an ordinary man is doing in six hours or eight hours
sleep, you can do within minutes. What an ordinary man is doing in
eight hours, really he is not doing. He is allowing nature to do something,
and he is not aware of what it is. A mysterious process is happening
in your sleep. One of the basic things is that your energy is not
moving out; it goes on falling on your heart, and that revitalizes
you. You are in a deep bath with your own energy.
Something more about this moving energy. You might have observed that
whenever there is a dominant man, he always stares in your eyes. Whenever
there is a dominated man, he looks down. Slaves, servants, or anyone
who is inferior to someone, will never stare in the eyes of the superior.
But the superior can stare. Kings can stare, but standing before a
king, standing in the audience of the king, you are not supposed to
stare. That would be an offence. You have to look down.
Really, with your eyes your energy moves. It can become a subtle violence.
And not only in man, even in animals. When two strangers meet, two
animals meet, they stare each other in the eye just to judge who is
going to be the superior and who is going to take the role of the
inferior. And once one animal looks down, the thing is decided. Then
they will not fight; the thing is over. It is now taken for granted
who is superior.
Even children play the game of staring into each other's eyes, and
whoever looks away is defeated. And they are right. When two children
stare into each other's eyes, whosoever becomes first uncomfortable
and starts fidgeting and starts looking away and avoiding the look
of the other, is defeated. The one who goes on staring is stronger.
If your eyes can defeat the other's eyes, it is a subtle indication
that you are stronger than the other.
On the stage when someone comes to speak or to act, he becomes very
afraid, a great trembling happens. Even with those who are long in
the profession, old actors... even when they come on the stage a fear
grips them, because so many eyes are staring; there is so much aggressive
energy. There is so much energy from the thousands of people staring
at them that they suddenly start trembling deep down. A fear grips
them. A subtle energy is flowing through the eyes, a very subtle energy.
The subtlest, the most refined of physical forces, is flowing through
the eyes. And the quality of the energy changes with you.
From the eyes of a Buddha a different type of energy is flowing. From
the eyes of a Hitler a totally different type. If you look at Buddha's
eyes, they accept you, they welcome you, they become a door. If you
look at Hitler's eyes, they reject you, they condemn you, they push
you away, they throw you away. For Hitler, his eyes are like weapons;
for Buddha, his eyes are compassion. The quality of the eyes changes.
Sooner or later we must come to measure the eye-energy, and then there
will be no need to know much about the man. Just the eye-energy and
its quality will show what type of man is hidden behind. Sooner or
later that will be possible.
This sutra, this technique:
TOUCHING EYEBALLS AS A FEATHER, LIGHTNESS BETWEEN
THEM OPENS INTO HEART AND THERE PERMEATES THE COSMOS.
TOUCHING EYEBALLS AS
A FEATHER... Use both your palms, put them on your eyes, and allow
the palms to touch the eyeballs -- but just like a feather, with no
pressure. If you press you miss the point, you miss the whole technique.
Don't press; just touch like a feather. You will have to adjust, because
in the beginning you will be pressing. Put less and less pressure
until you are just touching with no pressure at all -- just your palms
touch the eyeballs. Just a touch, just a meeting with no pressure,
because if the pressure is there, then the technique will not function.
So -- LIKE A FEATHER.
Why? Because a needle can do something which a sword
cannot do. If you press, the quality has changed -- you are aggressive.
And the energy that is flowing through the eyes is very subtle: a
small pressure and it starts fighting and a resistance is created.
If you press, then the energy that is flowing through the eyes will
start a resistance, a fight; a struggle will ensue. So don't press;
even a slight pressure is enough for the eye-energy to judge.
is very subtle, it is very delicate. Don't press -- like a feather,
just your palm is touching, as if not touching. Touching as if not
touching, no pressure; just a touch, a slight feeling that the palm
is touching the eyeball, that's all.
will happen? When you simply touch without any pressure, the energy
starts moving within. If you press, it starts fighting with the hand,
with the palm, and moves out. Just a touch and the energy starts moving
within. The door is closed; simply the door is closed and the energy
falls back. The moment energy falls back, you will feel a lightness
coming all over your face, your head. This energy moving back makes
just between these two eyes is the third eye, the wisdom-eye, the
PRAJNA-CHAKSHU. Just between these two eyes is the third eye. The
energy falling back from the eyes hits the third eye. That's why one
feels light, levitating, as if there is no gravitation. And from the
third eye the energy falls on the heart. It is a physical process:
just drip, drip, it drops, and you will feel a very light feeling
entering in your heart. The heartbeats will slow down, the breathing
will slow down. Your whole body will feel relaxed.
if you are not entering deep meditation, this will help you physically.
Any time in the day, relax on a chair -- or if you don't have any
chair, when just sitting in a train -- close your eyes, feel a relaxed
being in the whole of your body, and then put both your palms on your
eyes. But don't press -- that's the very significant thing. Just touch
like a feather.
you touch and don't press, your thoughts will stop immediately. In
a relaxed mind thoughts cannot move; they get frozen. They need frenzy
and fever, they need tension to move. They live through tension. When
the eyes are silent, relaxed, and the energy is moving backwards,
thoughts will stop. You will feel a certain quality of euphoria, and
that will deepen daily.
do it many times in the day. Even for a single moment, touching will
be good. Whenever your eyes feel exhausted, dry of energy, exploited
-- after reading, seeing a film, or watching TV -- whenever you feel
it, just close the eyes and touch. Immediately there will be the effect.
But if you want to make it a meditation, then do it for at least forty
minutes. And the whole thing is not to press. Because it is easy for
a single moment to have a feather-like touch; it is difficult for
forty minutes. Many times you will forget and you will start pressing.
press. For forty minutes, just remain aware that your hands have no
weight; they are just touching. Go on being aware that you are not
pressing, only touching. This will become a deep awareness, just like
breathing. As Buddha says to breathe with full awareness, the same
will happen with touching, because you have to be constantly mindful
that you are not pressing. Your hand should just be a feather, a weightless
thing, simply touching.
mind will be totally there, alert, near the eyes, and the energy will
be flowing constantly. In the beginning it will be just dropping in
drops. Within months you will feel it has become a river-like thing,
and within a year you will feel it has become a flood. And when it
happens -- TOUCHING EYEBALLS AS A FEATHER, LIGHTNESS BETWEEN THEM
-- when you touch you will feel lightness. You can feel it right now.
Immediately, the moment you touch, a lightness comes. And that LIGHTNESS
BETWEEN THEM OPENS INTO THE HEART; that lightness penetrates, opens
into the heart. In the heart, only lightness can enter; nothing heavy
can enter. Only very light things can happen to the heart.
lightness between the two eyes will start dropping into the heart,
and the heart will open to receive it -- AND THERE PERMEATES THE COSMOS.
And as the falling energy becomes a stream and then a river and then
a flood, you will be washed completely, washed away. You will not
feel that you are. You will feel simply the cosmos is. Breathing in,
breathing out, you will feel you have become the cosmos. The cosmos
comes in and the cosmos goes out. The entity that you have always
been, the ego, will not be there.
technique is very simple, without any danger, so you can experiment
with it as you like. But because it is so easy, you may not be able
to do it. The whole thing depends on touch without pressure, so you
will have to learn it. Try it. Within a week it will happen. Suddenly
some day when you are just touching with no pressure, immediately
you will feel what I am saying -- a lightness and an opening in the
heart, and something dropping from the head into the heart.